For local Buddhists this marks the second visit of His Holiness, who escaped Tibet in 1975 after suffering the Red Communist Cultural Revolution to reeestablish the Drikung lineage. This heritage had been nearly obliterated since the Chinese occupation of Tibet and systematic destruction of the monasteries. The last time His Holiness visited Vermont was 11 years ago when he dedicated the nunnery to White Tara and named Khenmo Drolma to lead it.
Buddhists feel fortunate to have these two formidable teachers in their midst. Receiving teachings, blessings and vows from a high level lama like His Holiness is what compelled so many to travel so far.